Technopathologies, or diseases 2.0

Technopathologies, or diseases 2.0

Technopathology is a term that refers to mental, physical and social disorders related to the abuse of technology.We need to understand the context in which the technopathologies have developed. The integration of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in our daily lives has taken place naturally and rapidly.

We do not question their positive influence on our well-being. Indeed, ICT has provided services that were (not so long ago) extremely expensive, impossible to transport or consumed a huge amount of our time.

An instrument that has become essential can be found today in our hands or in our pockets. It facilitates many tasks. From communication with the people around us to the consultation of the world's largest encyclopedia. Observe a map of the world with a level of detail that would be physically impossible to translate on paper. Or measure our physical activity, the calories we consume, reminding us when we should rehydrate …

"Technology is always a double-edged sword, it will bring many benefits, but also many disasters."
-Alan Moore-

Technopathologies or when the use of ICT becomes an addiction

What happens when we do not know how to adequately manage this enormous offer of services that technology offers us? What happens when we become slaves of this technology?Fortunately, we are not always confronted with an addictive disorder.In other words, there is no pathological dependence on ICT but we must be attentive to the first signs that we observe.

Technopathologies refer to mental, physical and social disorders related to the abuse of technology.

Are we heading towards a world full of technopathologies?

Abuse or misuse is the way we relate to technologies in which the amount of time, or frequency, or use, begins to generate negative consequences for the user and those around him.Here are some warning signs that we must take into account to recognize the existence of a technology dependency:

  • The person needs to be connected longer to be satisfied.
  • Appearance of difficulties to concentrate on the daily tasks of interrupting them by messages, emails and by the continuous need to "be connected".
  • Thechange in lifestyle strictly related to the addiction is obvious. The desire to stay connected increases. Conditions of anxiety and stress can appear if the person can not reach what is necessary to feed his addiction.
  • The thought is distorted as influenced by the addictive behavior. Otherwise, a spiral of consumption is created.Affective distortions can also appear since certain emotions are no longer tolerated. There are also difficulties in identifying or interpreting your own feelings.
  • The person can even abandon recreational activities or obligations. She is looking for excuses to stay connected longer (professional absenteeism, loss of a spouse or friends).
  • Self-deception situations occur over time and frequency of connection. The person may suffer fromconfusion between thereal lifeandvirtual life. It then confuses the concept of priorities.

Tips to avoid technoaddiction, the most common of the technopathologies

Try to follow this series of recommendations to maintain good digital health if you have ever wondered if you belong to the group of "addicts" technologies.

  • Set a time and a schedule to use your mobile phone or any other device. If you are going to play the console, you can set a specific time for that. In addition, you can reserve a time to make calls or send messages.
  • Focus your ideas or responses in one message.Think about what you want to express and try to summarize it in a single communication.
  • Limit the number of applications. It is better to have within our reach the applications we use often. In fact, downloading too much our devices become slower and waste time.
  • Avoid social isolation because of the technology. Enjoy your free time and interact with people.
  • Respect the time of others. Do not make calls or take the phone when you are accompanied. Do not place the mobile phone on the table during lunch or dinner. You will avoid being tempted.
  • Make sure social networks do not make you addicted. Participate in the groups that you think are essential and ask yourself if it is necessary to answer or comment on everything that is written.
  • Avoid technologies that deprive you of hours of sleep. Restcorrectly.Try, as much as possible, not to have electronic devices in your room.

We live indisputably in the information and communication society. However, informing and communicating are not our only needs. We must maintain a balance. Indeed, the concern to cover these two necessities, more demanding for the technology, must not become an obstacle to the satisfaction of others more or equally important. It's up to usof transforming technology into an instrument that increases our quality of life,and to prevent through control of its use that it becomes an obsession.

"The real danger is not that computers start thinking like men, but that men start thinking like computers."
-Sydney J. Harris-

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